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I want to take a moment to remember the lives lost, those who survived, and the brave first responders on September 11.

Living in New Jersey, this day hits very close to home as I know many who lost their lives that day as well as some of the heroes who ran into the towers on this day and survived being buried under the rubble.

We will never forget.

And to all of our brave service men and women and first responders, we thank you and appreciate all that you do.

Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

What a week it was!

Family Life

After a great Labor Day weekend in Vermont, the Ling Family is hitting the ground running.

The kids are back in school.

And I started decorating the inside of our new home for fall. It’s the first time I’m decorating here and still processing what I want to do.

But it’s starting to come together…slowly.

Have you started decorating yet?

close up of welcome mat decorat3ed with pumpkins for fall with coffee-Favorite Neutral Fall Finds from the Christmas Tree Shops

In the Garden

We finally saw some rain and cooler temps this week, so it was tolerable to start working in the gardens again.

I pulled a few plants that have seen better days, cleaned out some container gardens, cut some flowers for bouquets, with a few other odds and ends.

Over the next few weeks, I want to harvest some seeds so I can grow the same (or hopefully the same) plants next year.

The pumpkin plants that survived the bunny are doing really well and starting to produce fruit. Hopefully, the squirrels and chipmunks won’t hollow them all out on me before I get to harvest and decorate with them!

monstera delciiosa by the koi pond

Update on the Fireplace Mantel

So I stripped it a while ago.

Then I painted it and didn’t love how it turned out.

So I sanded it down and painted it again. And I still don’t love it!

I just broke the news to Chris that I’m stripping it again and starting over.

That’s be beauty of working with wood furniture. If you don’t love it, you can always strip it and do it again.

So back to the drawing board. I may even leave it with an unfinished look. And much like you, in the back of my mind I’m thinking, then why did you just do all that work for nothing?

Until we try something, we don’t know. I love to experiment and learn as I go.

I learned that how I finished the mantel did not produce the desired result.

So I’m redoing it.

close up of zinderella Zinnia

What I’m Shopping For This Week

With fall decorating and a new home comes lots of shopping!

From home decor to make-up and cozy sweaters, this week is a little random in terms of what I bought!

Here are some favorites from the week!

What’s Happening at Bricks ‘n Blooms

It was a fun week on the blog!

It’s been pretty busy here behind the scenes as I’m working on a few things I haven’t shared yet plus I’m decorating for fall!

So it’s been a little nutty here as I have my hands in a few different things.

On the blog, we kicked off the week with my favorite cozy fall harvest dinner party idea and where to buy the best artificial flowers for fall.

Fresh flower arrangement for fall harvest table in outoor dining space with hydrangeas, zinnias and dahlias -This flower arrangement was made from my cut flower garden with hydrangeas, zinnias and dahlias. .how to set a cozy fall harvest table
Fall Harvest Centerpiece

If you are ready to start fall gardening, I also shared my favorite easy-to-find fall plants with some container garden recipes you should try.

Since we are starting to decorate for fall, I also shared 9 fall decorating ideas for the front entry. Speaking of which, I can’t wait to get my porch potted up and decorated for fall.

I also shared how to decorate with a cottagecore aesthetic.

If you are looking for ways to make your home feel more casual, welcoming, and cozy, this post is for you!

Vintage shutters styled for fall above a painted piano - rustic farmhouse fall home tour 2021

And finally, we chatted about how to make your home look more expensive for less.

We looked at 5 designer looks from Pottery Barn and recreated a similar vibe for much less.

Wait until you see the savings!

5 Fall Designer Looks for Less

Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web

I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I love right now.

My good friend Jennifer from Cottage on Bunker Hill shared a faux terracotta bead knockoff that she made for a song.

Love this idea and it’s easy to make too!

cottage on bunker hill faux terra cotta beads

My good friend Rachel from The Ponds Farmhouse made these scrap fabric pillow covers that are perfect for fall!

They look really easy to make too.

She had me at no sew! LOL!!!

The ponds farmhouse scrap fabric pillow covers in farmhouse bedroom

Another fall DIY decor idea I love this week is from Robyn’s French Nest.

She made these cute DIY concrete pumpkin candle holders for her fall table decor.

Aren’t they awesome?

Robyn's French Nest DIY pumpkin candle holders on table

And here is some more inspiration you’ve got to see!

This peek into a library.

These gardening tips for September.

These canned pumpkin recipes.

This easy kitchen makeover without painting cabinets!

This haunted house silhouette craft.

These tips for styling farmhouse blankets for fall.

Love these 9 porch decorating ideas for autumn too!

Potting bench with potted plants, mums, and pumpkins with potting shed signWhy You Need a Potting Bench

Want to learn more about me? I’m a master gardener who’s been gardening and growing things for over 25 years and author of the best-selling book, The Bricks ‘n Blooms Guide to a Beautiful and Easy-Care Flower Garden. Get the inside scoop about my background as a master gardener, education, and experience, as well as why I started blogging here.

stacy ling cutting dahlias in her garden
Home and Garden Blogger Stacy Ling cutting zinnia flowers in her cottage garden with wood picket fence in front of garden shed

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  1. Stacy,
    It was another great week. I’m looking for Sedum joy to plant. Thanks for sharing my pillow. You are the best.

  2. Stacy you were busy this week! Thanks for the reminder to harvest some seeds in my garden. And thank you for sharing my Halloween craft. Have a great week.

  3. I know that mantel is a lot of work but you will soon get it finished to the way you want it to look. I look forward to see what you come up with.

  4. OH NO! I didn’t know about the mantle giving you problems…follow my mantra “it’s just paint” right??
    I really, really love that lamp! It’s so pretty and stylish!
    I think you really need that sweater, it has all the “I’m walking in my Fall garden” vibes.

  5. Stacy, thank you for featuring my library! I am so behind in catching up on my computer as my eyes have been giving me problems lately. I am laughing about your mantel redo~I can picture you sanding it over and over again. I hope the right answer comes to you soon! Love everything this week and that fall table of yours is gorgeous! Inspired as always!

  6. I can’t wait to harvest seeds Stacy. It’s one of my favorite things to do in the garden. Looking forward to seeing what you do with your mantel. Thanks for sharing my gardening post, my friend.